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Horizontal image of a white plate with seared pieces of meat garnished with lime wedges and pepper halves.

Jalapeno-Lime Marinated Chicken

  • Author: Fanny Slater
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


For an entree with some real pizzazz, try our spicy marinated chicken flavored with a zesty trio of fresh jalapenos, garlic, and lime.


  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Zest of 3 limes (2 teaspoons)
  • Juice of 3 limes (6 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large jalapenos, diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions, white and light green parts
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 3 pounds)
  • Chopped green onion tops, for garnish
  • Lime wedges, for garnish


  1. In a bowl, whisk together 1 cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons lime zest and 6 tablespoons lime juice, salt, black pepper, jalapenos, garlic, and the white and light green parts of the sliced green onion.
  2. Add the chicken to a large resealable bag and pour the jalapeno-lime marinade over the top. Seal and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours or for up to 12 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with foil.
  4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the chicken and discard the marinade. Sear until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook for 2 more minutes, or until golden brown on the other side.
  5. Transfer the chicken to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers an internal temperature of 165°F.
  6. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board or serving platter and set aside to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Serve with lime wedges and green onion tops.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Poultry

Keywords: chicken, jalapeno, lime, marinated